Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Camels. Actually, dromedaries

Although the term camel is broadly used to describe the popular large animals with humps on their backs, there are actually two types of camels around.

In Central and East Asia, you find the fascinating animals with two humps known as the Bactrian camels. Now, here in the UAE, and other desert areas of West Asia, what we find are dromedaries, or Arabian camels, with a single hump.

Want to know more about this charming animal I’ve learned to love so much after moving to this side of the world? Here are TEN fast facts I’ve put together for you:

-         There are around 14 million dromedaries alive today - this is about 90% of the camel population of the world

-         Dromedaries are extremely docile and usually can live up to 50 years

-         For the most part, they are domesticated and not free animals

-         These creatures have characteristics that make it possible for them to endure days without food or water in severe weather conditions

-         Arabian camels are omnivorous and can eat just about anything - meat, vegetation, sweet, salt, etc.

-         Their eyelashes, nose and ears are covered with hair that protects them from sand and dust

-         The milk they produce is known to have healthful properties – rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins and low in fat and cholesterol

-         Many refer to the Arabian camels as ‘ship of the desert’ – they were, and still are, often used to transport people and goods through very long distances

-         Their meat is halal – lawful, permitted, accepted – for Muslims

-         There are over 160 different words for camel in the Arabic language – or so I was told…

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